First Lady presents funding for substance abuse centers
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 4:18 pm
FLORENCE, Ky. (April 12, 2011) – First Lady Jane Beshear today presented $1.5 million in funding for six Recovery Kentucky substance abuse centers. The six centers are located in Erlanger, Henderson, Evarts, Florence, Richmond and Hopkinsville.
Through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program administered by the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG), a $250,000 grant will support operational costs at each facility, for a total of $1.5 million in funding.
“Substance abuse and homelessness are serious issues in the Commonwealth,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Supporting Recovery Kentucky centers is a key way to treat those in need while also addressing the root problems of these issues that affect our communities.”
Recovery Kentucky is an initiative to help Kentuckians recover from substance abuse, which often leads to chronic homelessness. The program was formed to create housing recovery centers across the state, providing services for those suffering from addiction.
The following centers will each receive a $250,000 Recovery Kentucky CDBG:
* Kenton County - Transitions Grateful Life Center
* Christian County - Trilogy Recovery Center for Women
* Boone County - Brighton Recovery Center for Women
* Harlan County -Cumberland Hope Community Center for Women
* City of Richmond, Madison County - Liberty Place Recovery Center
* Henderson County - Women’s Addiction Recovery Manor
In addition to these locations, Recovery Kentucky centers are also located in Paducah, Morehead, Owensboro and Campbellsville.
“DLG is pleased to be a part of the Recovery Kentucky effort by ensuring the centers are able to operate with adequate funds,” said DLG Commissioner Tony Wilder. “Substance abuse’s effect is far-reaching, and it is critical that we help these individuals across the state who are suffering to break that cycle of addiction and heal their lives.”
Recovery Kentucky is a joint effort by DLG, the Department of Corrections and the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) to build ten housing recovery centers across the state. As supportive housing developments, each center will use a recovery program model that includes peer support, daily living skills training, job responsibilities and challenges to practice sober living. Named “A Model That Works” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this type of supportive housing and recovery program is proven to help people who face the most complex challenges to live more stable, productive lives.
The state’s CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kentucky’s Congressional leaders’ ongoing support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.